Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor David Falepau

Professor David Falepau

BAppSc (Syst Agric) Hons (UWS), PhD (UWS)

David has 30 years experience in Agricultural Value Chains from various public and private sector managment and national R&D leadership positions.  David has worked across all sectors of the value chain from "paddock to plate" at industry and enterprise levels.

Prior to his tertiary education, David spent 10 years in sheep, beef and deer farming and live export in New Zealand and Australia.  Following university, he led a semi-arid zone livestock production system research program for the QDPI.

David has managed various on and off farm R&D programs for Meat & Livestock Australia including the Southern Beef and Goat R, D&E portfolios and has provided multi-disciplinary agricultural and environmental consultancy services to agribusinesses across southern Australia.

Immediately prior to joining CSU, David spent 2 years in Africa as Chief Executive Officer, restructuring a State Owned Enterprise processing and exporting beef to the EU.

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Teaching Interests

Prof Falepau is Discipline Leader of Agricultural Business Management.  He lectures in the following subjects:

  • AGB110 Agricultural Economics
  • AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
  • AGS100 Livestock Production (1)
  • AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • AHT231 Agricultural Finance

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Research Interests

  • Farmer decision making and support systems
  • Rural development and extension science
  • Systems thinking
  • Innovative systems
  • Animal production and meat science

Current Research Projects

  • GRDC/MLA Herbicide Resistance - Developing mixed farming systems producer decision support tools to reduce the occurrence of herbicide resistance.
  • Functional Grains Centre/Industry - value adding through generating health claimable benefits in red meat.

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Professional Memberships

Other Professional Activities

  • RIRDC Animal Industries Advisory Committee

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